11 Things We Learn About Jesus from Gabe and Mary’s Chat: Who is Jesus? S1 E3 Notes
Pastor Josh McPherson
February 17th, 2019 Sermon Notes
Text: Luke 1:26-38 “Who is Jesus?”
1. Jesus is the Fulfillment of Scripture
“’And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heal.’” Genesis 3:15
• Theologians call this the “protoevangelion” or “first gospel”...from this point forward we are looking for the “serpent crushing” child to be born.
• “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
• Jesus is the “offspring” of the woman we’ve been looking/waiting for since Gen. 3:15!
2. Jesus Came from Lowly Beginnings
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabrielto Nazareth,a town in Galilee.” Luke 1:26
• Nazareth is a small, rural town without significance, size or influence of any kind... (John 1:46 - “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”)
• God cares about the poor, downcast, lowly, forgotten
3. Jesus’s Mother was a Recipient of God’s Grace
“The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you....do not be afraid, you have found favor with God” Luke 1:28-29, 31
• Favor of God means recipient of grace
• Mary wasn’t a source/dispenser of grace, she was a recipient of grace
• Two errors with Mary... making too much (Catholics) or too little
• Picture of Salvation: God says, “Mary, I choose you”... not because of who Mary was, but because of God’s grace4.Jesus is Fully Man “You will conceive and give birth to a son...” Luke 1:31
• Jesus is like us, he experienced the human experience•Therefore he is a faithful high priest who can sympathize/empathize with us (Heb. 4:14-16)
5. Jesus is Fully God
“He will be... called the Son of the Most High.” Luke 1:32
• Jesus is not like us...he is divinity, he is God (Heb. 7:27)
• Everything God is, Jesus is; He didn’t lose his divinity, he added humanityCopyright © 2019 by Grace City ChurchWho is Jesus?
6. Jesus is Fully Sovereign “He will be great and will he called the Son of the Most High.” Luke 1:32
• There is no one higher, Jesus is over all gods, all spiritual beings, absolutely sovereign over all spiritual and physical realms.
7. Jesus is the King of Kings “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David...” Luke 1:32
• David was anointed king, then later appointed king. So too, Jesus was anointed king, but will later be appointed king when he returns to establish with finality His full reign and kingdom. (II Sam. 7:14)
8. Jesus is Eternal “And he will reign over Jacobs descendants forever, his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:33
• Every other king and kingdom has come to an end. Jesus’ will last forever. Therefore, anything invested...time, money, resources...in the Kingdom of God is not wasted but instead brings eternal returns.
9. Jesus is Sinless “So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35.•Adam...had no earthly father, sinned/failed, brought condemnation
• Jesus...the 2nd Adam...had no earthly father, without sin/succeeded, brought redemption10.Jesus is Savior “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call his name Jesus.” Luke 1:31•Jesus means “God saves”... He will “save his people from their sins”.
11. Jesus’ Mother was an Example of Faith “’How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’” Luke 1:34 “’I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’” Luke 1:38
• Mary should not be an object of faith, but should be an example of faith•We have more information, but often less faith than Mary
• We should rather believe and obey what we have/know
• Mary is a model/foreshadow of the gospel...Just as God reveals Jesus to her, he wants to reveal Jesus to us; just as the Holy Spirit did a miracle in her, He wants to do a miracle in us; just as she was incapable of new life on her own, we are incapable of new life on our own; just as she responded in faith, we too can respond in faith; just as Mary said “my life is yours” and resulted in the birth of Jesus, we too can say “my life is yours” and it results in the new birth of Christ in us! (II Cor. 5:17, Col. 1:27)
Getting to Know Me
1. Where were you born? Where were you raised? How would you describe your “home town”?
2. What is your knee-jerk reaction to receiving unexpected news? Are you someone that readily takes on the new challenge presented or does it take you some time digest the news, assess what is happening, and make a plan to move forward?
Into the Bible
Read Hebrews 4:14-16.3.
Why do you think it is so important that Jesus is a High Priest who is able to empathize with our weaknesses and temptations in every way?
4. Discuss why Jesus being tempted in every way we are, but being without sin, gives us confidence to approach God’s throne of grace.
5. What was your main takeaway from Pastor Josh’s sermon? How were you impacted/encouraged? Did you have an “ah-ha” moment or realize something new for the first time?
6. Which of the “11 Things” stood out to you most? Helped you most?
7. Why do you think it is significant that Jesus came from lowly beginnings as opposed to significant and noteworthy ones?
8. How does Mary’s example of faith encourage you in your own walk with the Lord? What would it look like for your response to God to be more like Mary’s?
9. Discuss the allegorical story Pastor Josh shared at the end of the sermon about how Matthew, Mark, Luke and John would have had to discuss writing the Gospels in an attempt to trick the world about the life of Jesus if it wasn’t true. How can thinking about the preposterous nature of the story help in building a logical case for why it is true? How can this idea help us discuss the legitimacy of the Gospels with others?